Health Insurance Coverage for Medically Necessary Foods

On April 7, 2017, Gov. Hutchinson signed H.B. 1900 into law, creating Act 1096. This law amends the Arkansas Insurance code to require that plans provide coverage for the treatment of certain medical disorders that require specialized formulas or medical foods. This coverage must be provided if the medical foods or specialized nutrients or formula are prescribed as medically necessary by a licensed healthcare provider, as long as those products or formula are administered under the direction of a licensed healthcare practitioner. This Act becomes effective Jan. 1, 2018.

This law ultimately applies to insurers. However, employers should familiarize themselves with this law so that they remain up to date as to how certain medical food benefits will be covered.

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